About Me

This is website was initially a blog about my creations and a place to babble about me & my world, but now it's a place for Hibernate & Create RETREAT and Challenge.  If you want to see my more daily posts, follow me on Instagram or Facebook under my business name of DegreesbyKelli. 


Have you ever looked up at the sky and tried to find a picture in the clouds?  Or sat by the ocean and just listened to the waves crashing against the rocks?  Lingered in a piazza and watched the people going by?  Life is a journey of self-awareness.  You may never truly figure it out, but the challenge is in trying.  And I am definitely willing to give it a try.

In my artistic endeavors I love to explore color, texture and patterns.  I try to challenge myself to express moods, rhythms and temperatures.   I love to learn and experiment to see what might, or might not happen.  Sometimes it works and sometimes I simply enjoy the problem solving moments in my studio.  

I grew up in the small farm town of Fullerton, Nebraska (#smallpond) and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art.  Following my undergraduate degree I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I received an Master of Arts in American History with a minor in Art History.  It was in college where I more fully started my journey of travel and exploration through trips to Italy & France and an amazing year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Cork, Ireland.

I was fortunate to have supportive parents who didn't flip out when I informed them that I wanted to be an art major. And I am even more fortunate to have an encouraging husband who has created some dedicated space in our home for my creative endeavors.  (Added bonus, he LOVES to travel & explore too!)  

I love to connect people and lift them up creatively.  I started the Hibernate & Create 31 Days of Creativity Challenge in 2016 as a way to not only motivate myself, but to bring creatives together.  It has blossomed into an amazing group of support from around the U.S. & Canada.  I truly cherish this group and am proud of what we can accomplish when we work together.   They've inspired me to host my first Hibernate & Create RETREAT this January 2018.  I can't wait to share the experience with old & new friends.

I live in LaVista, Nebraska with Drew the husband, Toby the dog and Simon the cat. I spend my days working in corporate America and some of my free time creating.  I am a member of the Midwest Lampworkers Guild (no . . . we don't make lamps, we work in glass and all things bead related) and the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild.  My works can be purchased online via Facebook & Instagram posts, my Etsy site (when I get things listed) or at the Attic in Valley, Nebraska.  I also take a limited number of custom orders. 

I have more ideas then I have time.  Don't we all!
Ciao bella!

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Where to next?  Oh, the travel possibilities are endless!